Singers Burna Boy and Rema have been nominated for the 2020 MTV European Music Awards (EMAs) in the Best African Act category. Also in the category are South Africa’s Master KG, DJ Maphorisa, and Kabza de Small, Uganda’s Sheebah, and DR Congo’s Gaz Mawete.
This year, Burna Boy released his fourth studio album Twice as Tall to international acclaim. Master KG’s “Jerusalema,” written, sung by, and featuring Nomcebo, became the most Shazamed song in history.
Lady Gaga leads the nominations with 8 nods, followed by BTS and Justin Bieber.
Here are the full nominations:
Best African Act
Kabza de Small
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